WastewaterWestern operates two wastewater treatment plants, one in Corona called the Western Riverside County Wastewater Treatment Plant and the other, a recycled water plant, in Riverside, is known as the Western Water Recycling Facility.

The Corona plant is a joint powers authority and is governed by the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority (WRCRWA). The WRCRWA plant, a facility capable of providing clean recycled water for irrigation or for discharge into the watershed, was brought online in 1998. It’s designed to clean up to eight million gallons of wastewater per day with the capacity for future expansion. Wastewater from Western, the City of Norco, Jurupa Community Services District and Home Gardens Sanitary District is collected through many miles of pipelines, pumped to the WRCRWA plant, processed and released into the Santa Ana River in a cleaner state than the existing river water.

The Riverside facility, located near March Air Reserve Base is a three-million gallon-a day-plant for treating wastewater, that was expanded in 2010 to produce clean, high-quality recycled water for irrigation use. A main customer for this unique water source is the Riverside National Cemetery, which irrigates more than 900 acres of grass and plants with Western recycled water.

Recycled water adds to local sustainability

The use of recycled water is critical for sustainable management of our long-term water supplies. Using treated recycled water instead of potable water to irrigate our parks, schools and commercial properties has a significantly positive impact on our region’s ability to survive and prosper well into the 22nd century.

Recycled water is a safe, virtually drought-proof source of additional water for our region.
Western has expanded and upgraded its own wastewater treatment plant, the Western Water Recycling Facility, to produce high quality, tertiary-treated recycled water, a source that is used specifically for irrigation purposes. The plant upgrade expanded the treatment capacity from 1 million to 3 million gallons per day.

Customers, such as the Riverside National Cemetery, are pleased to have an increase in reliability.

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